New England Patriots Spying On Ticket Resales; Court Forces Stubhub To Hand Over Ticket Seller Names

from the privacy?-schmivacy dept

We've heard plenty of stories about organizations trying to ban the resale of tickets to events. It seems a bit silly to tell someone who bought a ticket to a concert or a sporting event that they're not allowed to resell it, but apparently some event organizers feel differently -- especially when the tickets are sold at greater than face value. The New England Patriots apparently are so adamant that people shouldn't be reselling their tickets for profit that they've convinced a court to force ticket resale marketplace StubHub to hand over the names of everyone who resold Patriots tickets for above face value. This seems like a rather large privacy violation -- and it clearly violates Stubhub's own terms of service (which is why the company fought it in court). You could understand being forced to turn over such information in a criminal lawsuit, but this is the New England Patriots requesting and getting the private info of sellers. For a team that just got into some trouble for spying on opposing teams, spying on their fans' private transactions doesn't seem like a step forward.

Filed Under: football, privacy, resale, scalping, tickets
Companies: ebay, new england patriots, stubhub


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    Vincent Clement, 19 Oct 2007 @ 7:25am

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    If a team is very popular, most fans will not be able to see a game with or without scalping. It very possible that the most rabid fan will never ever see their team play in person. The inability of buying tickets doesn't seem to stop them from supporting their team.

    It's a horrible business model to enforce. If anything it indicates that there is additional revenue that the team could earn if they used an auction system to sell tickets. The State would earn taxes on the additional revenue. Price caps never work - they result in an inefficient allocation of resources.

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